It never sounded like much, but now we all know how long 20 seconds really is. While you’re standing there singing Happy Birthday – or whatever song you have settled on – a couple of times, you’ve probably had plenty of time to think about what’s for dinner or which Zoom background you want to use for the next meeting. (If you took the opportunity to look at your bath lighting, and have decided it’s time for some more contemporary light fixtures, just let us know!)
Some of the folks here at Sculpta Designer Lighting, had some questions about handwashing so we’ve been doing a little research. We figure if we had questions, you might, too, so we thought we’d share what we learned.
What’s better – soap or hand sanitizer?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say that if you have a choice, go with soap and water, which reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals that might be on your hands. And, of course, wash for 20 seconds. “But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others,” the say.
The downside to sanitizers is that they don’t eliminate all types of germs. “Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidium, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile,” the CDC experts explain. “Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly1-15, people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried 14.”
Which leads to the next question…
How long should I take when washing my hands with sanitizer?
This one is easy – until they are dry.
Of course, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, we are experts in lighting design and contemporary light fixtures, so always check with your doctor if you have questions.